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Delaware

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Delaware may be one of the nation’s smallest states, but it’s definitely big on fashion. The tiny state of less than 1 million is packed with malls, boutiques, department stores, and other retail venues such as consignment shops and thrift stores. Variety is only one reason hunting for fashions is so great here. Fashionistas and shoppers from all over the country come here to enjoy tax-free shopping in a state that can only be described as quaint. 

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West Viginia

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West Virginians know a thing or two about fashion. Whether you’re walking the streets of Charleston or strolling across the campuses of Morgantown, you’ll find styles ranging from bohemian chic to classic to trendy. Locals shop for the styles they want at boutiques, department stores, and malls. The largest shopping venue in the state, is Huntington Mall in Barboursville. Huntington is home to more than 100 stores and it hosts a number of events, including fashion shows, each year.

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New Mexico

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New Mexico attracts designers from all over the world thanks to the state’s inspirational beauty and diverse fashion scene. It is also home to film director and fashion icon Tom Ford and Fashion Week New Mexico. New York-based jewelry designer Pamela Love showed at Fashion Week New Mexico in 2010. New Mexico happened to be the inspiration for one of her best collections.

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Nebraska

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Nebraska has it’s fair share of malls, but local fashionistas swear by the state’s large collection of thrift stores and consignment shops where you can find everything from vintage hats and gowns to grunge-era gear and more. Because this state is nuts about thrift stores, the ensembles you’ll run into on the streets of Omaha or Lincoln will range from bizarre to funky. This is what makes Nebraska’s fashion scene so special.

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Maine

 

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The state of Maine is home to around 50 salaried fashion designers, dozens of retail shops, and a number of malls that sell the latest fashions. Although trendy clothing is easy to find here, Maine’s style is less about trend and more about comfort. Flannel shirts, khaki shorts and pants, Polo shirts, and jeans are staples here as well as “Bean” boots. If you’re not familiar with Bean boots, think L.L. Bean—which happens to be headquartered in Freeport.

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Idaho

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Idaho is more popular for hiking, biking, and skiing than fashion, but this is exactly what makes the state’s tight-knit community of fashionistas stand out! These individuals hunt for fashions at thrift stores, consignment shops, boutiques, malls, and occasionally, department stores. At the end of the day, this fashion forward group may have its hands on anything from garish 70s garb to updated 80s gear to hip-hop influenced threads. Whatever the case, the average fashionista here knows how to make it work by pairing just the right pieces for a polished look.

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Utah

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Don’t let Utah’s laid-back attitude fool you. Residents from college campuses to small towns to downtown Salt Lake City care about fashion and they aren’t afraid show off their style whether grocery shopping or spending a night out on the town. Visit any part of the state and you’ll see a mix of styles from 80s chic to hip-hop to classic with a hint of hip. And the best part is, the styles you see on the street are easy to find at the state’s numerous malls, boutiques, and department stores. One of the most popular malls in the state is Fashion Place in Murray. Fashion Place is home to more than 150 shops and in the fall, it will become the only mall in the state with an H&M store. Gateway Mall in Salt Lake City is another popular mall. The complex features a the restored 1908 Union Pacific Depot, which serves as it’s showpiece.

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Nevada

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The state of Nevada is most famous for wild Las Vegas vacations, but did you know that Nevada is home to nearly 2.5 million permanent residents? More than half a million live in Las Vegas, while the rest live in other major cities such as Henderson, Reno, Paradise, North Las Vegas, Sunrise Manor, Spring Valley, Enterprise, and Sparks. These cities are home to hundreds of malls, boutiques, and retail shops, offering plenty of opportunities to work in the fashion industry.

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Mississippi

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The Mississippi fashion scene is a bit more subdued than other places like Florida, Texas, and Georgia, but it’s still well worth the coverage. Mississippi residents dress for the hot, humid weather most of the year, but when the temperatures dip below 70, out come the light jackets and sweaters. The folks here never have to worry about heavy coats, scarves, and gloves though. The temperatures rarely drop below 40—even during the winter months. This makes shopping easy, and shop they do!

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Kansas

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If the number of independent retail shops and large shopping malls are any indication of what the fashion scene is like in Kansas, aspiring fashion designers and fashion merchandisers will find plenty of opportunities to work and learn here! Some of the best shopping malls in the Midwest can be found in major cities such as Wichita, Overland Park, Kansas City, Topeka, and Olathe. Just a few include Country Club Plaza in Kansas City (more than 170 shops), Oak Park Mall, also in Kansas City (187 specialty shops and department stores), and Bradley Fair in Wichita (more than 50 shops).

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